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Shows re: Gaia


August 18th, 2017

The Sacred Flow of Life

an interview with Max Dashu

In this week’s episode Max Dashu speaks with Joanna about: Witchcraft, one of the starting points to track the roots of Western domination; recovering the cultural heritages around the world; 2017, thrown back into the older history of captivity and war; Native American prophecies about women reclaiming power; a living, spinning, sacred world; ancient, enlivening names of the wise woman; picking up insights from the living currents; Sardinia and the animated, spirit distaff of the witch goddess; a reverential relationship with the consciousness in trees and stones; the divinatory medicine of Raven in European cultures; the peace-making weavers; the origin of the word sanctuary.

Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15.000 slides and 30.000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, women shamans, witches and the witch hunts; mother-right cultures, patriarchies and the origins of domination. Dashu has just published “Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000” (Veleda Press,2016). This book is Vol.VII in the 15-volume series “Secret History of the Witches”, with two more volumes forthcoming. She has also produced two videos on dvd: “Women’s Power in Global Perspective” (2008) and “Woman Shaman: The Ancients” (2013).

 

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August 4th, 2017

Tamed by the Wild

an interview with Priscilla Stuckey

In this week’s episode Priscilla Stuckey speaks with Joanna about: mending the world; listening and talking to Bear; going on a journey with one’s helper; the challenge of expanding our worldview; trusting our own perceptions; from being takers to reciprocal relationship; the isolation of reductionistic materialism; learning lightheartedness; the circularity of nature and Spirit; reuniting consciously with what we knew as children; writing from within the connection.

Priscilla Stuckey is a writer and spiritual counselor with a passion for reconnecting people with nature; including their own natures. Her first book, “Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature”, won the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her newest book is “Tamed by a Bear: Coming Home to Nature-Spirit-Self”. Priscilla received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in religious studies and feminist theory. In Oakland she founded an urban creek-based land trust and led creek cleanups and restoration projects. In Boulder she co-founded a local rights-of-nature group. She lives at the base of Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque with her partner, Tim, and their dog, Bodhi.

 

 

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July 21st, 2017

Becoming Gaianeers

an interview with David Spangler and Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode David Spangler and Jeremy Berg speak with Joanna about: what is “Gaianeering”, the forthcoming Lorian Summer Conference; participating in an ecology of consciousness; the heart of an incarnational spirituality; learning to live on behalf of the life of the world; Findhorn, an early example of gaianeering; cooperating with the subtle intelligences of Nature; a possibility for broader, new ways of being human; a relationship with Gaia based in love; emergent novelty and love; rediscovering and realigning with our wholeness and the wholeness of the world.

 

David Spangler is a visionary, author and spiritual teacher, and Lorian Priest. A lecturer and teacher since 1964, David has written numerous books which include: “The Call”, “Everyday Miracles”. “Blessing: The Art and the Practice” and “Incarnational Spirituality”. From 1970 to 1973 David was a co-director of the Findhorn Foundation Community in northern Scotland. He is a co-founder of the Lorian Association and a Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association. Currently he serves as Director of the Lorian Center for Incarnational Spirituality and is primary faculty for the Path of the Chalice Program. David is married with 4 children and lives in Washington.

Jeremy Berg, MCS lives in Traverse City, Michigan and is owner of the Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, artist for “The Card Deck of the Sidhe”, a Lorian priest and workshop presenter. He holds an architectural patent for earth sheltered structural systems featured on the cover of Popular Science magazine, has taught at both the secondary and post-secondary level and has been a college dean and vicepresident. He is part of the Lorian education development team.

 

 

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June 23rd, 2017

The Awakening Body

an interview with Reginald A. Ray

In this week’s episode Reginald Ray speaks with Joanna about: Trungpa Rinpoche and the transmission in the West of the deepest Tantric teachings from Tibetan Buddhism; the inherent spirituality of the body; returning to the sanity of direct experience; the natural love of embodied existence; a microcosm of the Universe; entering the somatic realm beyond thinking; feeling deeply the sacredness of human life; trauma recovery and the spiritual path; metaphoric language and the body; awakening to the nourishing and loving presence of the Earth; changing the world through reconnecting with the Earth.

Reginald A. Ray, PhD,  is the co-founder and spiritual director of Dharma Ocean Foundation, dedicated to the evolution and flowering of the somatic teachings of Tibetan Tantra. He is a lineage holder in the tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Reginald is the author of several books including “Indestructible Truth” and “Secrets of the Vajra World”. His newest book is “The Awakening Body: Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life”.

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June 16th, 2017

Birthing a Future for Life

an interview with Bruce Damer

In this week’s episode Bruce Damer speaks with Joanna and Jacob Aman about: a gathering of hearts and minds exploring consciousness; using imagination for science; microtubules and the mind; finding the others in the field of knowing; a second Copernican revolution; a new model for the origin of life as a collaborative community; beyond strict Darwinism and supernaturalism; changing the narrative of separation, remembering our primordial belonging; Gaia’s greatest and most beautiful creation; from the Summer of Love to Burning Man; birthing a future for life in the cosmos; technology, biology, art and poetic tools; raising children for a sharing civilization.

Bruce Frederick Damer, PhD is a Canadian-American multidisciplinary scientist, designer, and author. Dr. Bruce Damer collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 19802 developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium.

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June 9th, 2017

Seeing in a New Way

an interview with Howard G. Charing

In this week’s episode Howard G. Charing speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing event; cultivating a fresh, appreciative perception; learning from the Amazonian medicine; unconscious curses; patterns we inherit from previous generations; the mystery DNA; visionary art and the interconnected net of consciousness; humanity’s role in Nature and Cosmos; perceiving the underlying fabric of reality; breaking through the imposed cultural limitations; the visionary brilliance of Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”; “an evolving jewel in the maelstrom of creation”; keys to personal transformation.

Howard G. Charing is an international workshop leader on shamanism, an author and a visionary artist. For over twenty years he has worked with some of the most respected and extraordinary shamans and elders in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Philippines. He has run training and developmental courses on behalf of the prestigious Foundation for Shamanic Studies (USA), and for many years worked with Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism, one of the foremost training organisations in Europe. He has co-authored “Plant Spirit Shamanism” and “The Ayahuasca Visions of Pablo Amaringo”. His newest book is “The Accidental Shaman: Journey with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies“.

 

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June 2nd, 2017

A Collective Initiation

an interview with Daniel Pinchbeck

In this week’s episode Daniel Pinchbeck speaks with Joanna about: a passionate inquiry about human transformation; looking for a deeper paradigm shift; a spiritual (r)evolution and initiation process for the human species; ayahuasca’s role in the cultural and spiritual shift; Tamera community, exploring a a new radical template for a new society; bringing Eros back into a conscious community; reaching a cultural tipping point;; Buckminster Fuller and the application of design intelligence to a more awake culture; traditional religions adapting to ecological regeneration; the crisis of human civilization as part of an evolutionary process; a great area of discovery: the untapped, psychic human potential; Trump, the ultimate manifestation of the shadow of a culture lacking initiation; harking back to indigenous cultures for wisdom.

Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of “Breaking Open the Head”, “2012” The Return of Quetzalcoatl”, and “Notes from the Edge Times”. In 2007, he launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and cofounded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Philips. Daniel has been a speaker at conferences around the world, including DazedFest in London, Horizons in New York, Breaking Convention in London, and the World Psychedelic Forum. His newest book is “How Soon Is Now?”, a look at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a “blueprint for the future” – how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

 

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May 12th, 2017

This Enchanted World

an interview with Rachel Harris

In this week’s episode Rachel Harris speaks with Joanna about:  listening to the voice of the rainforest; divination and cleansing; a plant teacher of heartfelt embodiment; communicating with the spirit of Grandmother Ayahuasca; ceremony and song are part of the healing intervention; varieties of the journey of psychospiritual integration; ecstatic revelations and downloads through the plant ally; the shadow side of the ayahuasca culture; the importance of relationship with the natural world; the shift in values after ayahuasca; beyond spiritual experience and psychological healing.

Rachel Harris, PhD is a psychologist with both a research and a clinical background. After thirty-five years in private practice, she embarked on a research study exploring how ayahuasca is being used in North America, focusing on the process of psychospiritual integration. She has received a National Institutes of Health New Investigator’s Award, and published more than forty scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of “Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Adicction, PTSD, and Anxiety”.

 

 

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April 28th, 2017

The Alive Molecule

an interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.

 

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book “Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey” and the companion volume of interviews, “The Ayahuasca Sessions”. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary “Aya: Awakenings” and has been called one of the “leading spokepersons for the new paradigm”.

Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for “Shamans of the Global Village” in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled “Transmutation” is due for completion in 2017.

 

 

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March 18th, 2017

Planting the Seeds of Consciousness

an interview with Ann Filemyr

In this week’s episode Ann Filemyr speaks with Joanna about: power as accumulation versus power as relationship; the religious persecution of Native Americans until 1978; preparing for the vision quest; a worldview where everything is animated; the intrinsic value of everything; a shift to the work of the heart; carrying out the message of the Ojibwe herbal medicine woman; planting the seeds of consciousness; a world where intimacy matters; the potential for change within us; the medicine in stories and language; giving thanks to the land; ceremonial Earth-based intensives; a song of gratitude.

Ann Filemyr, Ph.D., is the Director of the Transformational Eco-psychology Certificate program at Southwestern College & New Earth Institute in Santa Fe. She is a published poet and author – her most recent book of poetry, “Love Enough”, explores myriad expressions of intimacy and loss. Her writing explores our relationship to nature, the sacred, love and personal transformation. She served for two decades as an oshkibewis or apprentice/helper to the late mashkikikwe (Ojibwe herbal medicine woman) Keewaydinoquay. She continues to live and teach from this lineage.

 

 

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March 10th, 2017

The People of Peace

an interview with Jeremy Berg

In this week’s episode Jeremy Berg speaks with Joanna about: meeting the Sidhe, the people of peace; a visionary download of Earth’s history; an invitation to collaborate with the full range of planetary life; the collective creation of a visionary gateway; the Bard Stone’s enigmatic voice; the imagination is a doorway into another branch of being; setting up an open field of synchronicity; a more beautiful expression of what humanity can become; recognizing and honoring the life arond us; a time of wake up call and nurturing the gestation of a new world.

Jeremy Berg, MCS – Michigan, works as an educator, artist, writer and publisher and has been associated with the Lorian Association since 1976. He was trained as an architectural designer and holds a patent for a panelized arch structural system. His work in energy efficiency and earth sheltered construction have been well publicized including on the cover of Popular Science magazine. He is part of the Lorian faculty and provides teaching and technical services for Lorian education as well as working as publisher/owner of Lorian Press and Starseed Publications. He is the author of “The Gathering Light”, “Faerie Blood” and artist for the “Card Deck of the Sidhe”. Jeremy offers classes using the “Card Deck of the Sidhe” as a part of the Lorian faculty and writes occasionally in the community Blog.

 

 

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March 3rd, 2017

Remembering Our Sacred Purpose

an interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry

In this week’s episode Glenn Aparicio Parry speaks with Joanna about: remembering that our thoughts come from Nature; an ecstatic dive into the waters of the Heart; asking four key questions; the egalitarian Native American spirit at the foundation of the U. S. Constitution; bringing dialogue to these polarized times; a collective initiation?; revisioning the linear concept of time; human language and biodiversity; original gratitude.

 

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, entrepreneur, and visionary whose life-long passion is to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole. The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the president of the think tank: The Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He has previously written about these experiences in a book chapter entitled “The Old is Now: Creating a Shift Towards Wholeness through Dialogue” (with Philip H. Duran); in “SEED Thoughts on Dialogue”, Revision Journal (winter 2004), “Native Wisdom in a Quantum World”, Shift (IONS Journal, December 2005), and in his doctoral dissertation: “SEED Graduate Institute: An Original Model of Transdisciplinary Education Informed by Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Dialogue”. He is the author of  “Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature”.

 

 

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February 24th, 2017

The Magic of the Pachamama

an interview with Oakley Gordon

In this week’s episode Oakley Gordon speaks with Joanna about the masters of the heart; a dance of reciprocity; the man with the shining eyes; the aliveness of Nature and the Cosmos; a relationship of love with the Pachamama; seeding a future of greater beauty and love; the stars within us; the magic ingredient of intent; living the complementarity of opposites; two Andean meditations of energy with the Earth.

 

Oakley Gordon received his doctorate in cognitive psychology (the study of perception, learning, memory, and consciousness). For the past twenty two years he has been exploring the Andean Cosmovision under the tutelage of his Peruvian mentor and friend don Américo Yabar. In his trips to Peru Oakley has also worked with many other Andean paqos (mystic/shamans) and healers. He has shared the Andean Cosmovision with Western society through papers at academic conferences, presentations to the public, a few articles, an extensive blog, and several hundred experiential classes and workshops. Over many years of going to Peru to learn the Cosmovision, coming home to integrate it with his life in the West, and then teaching it to others, he has reached the point where he ould write this book, “The Andean Cosmovision: A Path for Exploring Profound Aspects of Ourselves, Nature, and the Cosmos”.

 

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January 20th, 2017

A Good Foundation for Reality

an interview with Starr Goode

Starr_GoodeIn this week’s episode Starr Goode speaks with Joanna about: Sheela na gig, a mysterious female figure of sacred display; the healing and protection of Sheela na gig, from Medieval times to Paleolithic cave art; the primordial, revered symbol of the ever-renewing Life Force; the life-restoring, evil stopping powers of the displayed vulva in myth and history; the political and social reclamation of the word “pussy”; the contemporary emergence of feminist sacred art; sacred images for another order of being; the Dark Goddess and the renewal of life; reclaiming the sanctity of women’s bodies from the patriarchal mindset; seeding the foundation for a life-affirming culture.

Starr Goode, MA teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College. She is producer and moderator for the cable TV series “The Goddess in Art” (available on YouTube). An award-winning writer, she has been profiled for her work as a cultural commentator in such publications as the L. A. Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her previous work on the Sheelas was published in “ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation”, the “Irish Journal of Feminist Studies”, the three-volume encyclopedia “Goddesses in World Culture”, and in “About Place Journal”. A recent book, “The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool and Dino”, explores the power of wit and the importance of play. Her latest book is “Sheela na gig, the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power”.

 

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December 30th, 2016

The Gentleness of an Ancient Ally

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: reclaiming the wise use of a spiritual medicine and ally; cannabis and the rebalancing of Western culture; Santo Daime and Santa María, a return to the Earth Mysteries; the American demonization of cannabis; physical and psychic benefits of cannabis; becoming fully present to a wider reality through heart-centered intelligence; exploring cannabis and yoga; planting the seed of intention in a non-specific amplifier; in relationship with the plant, possibilities and cautions; moving forward with the regulation of cannabis.

 

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicines. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a conference and workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His latest book is “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally”.

 

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December 23rd, 2016

The Resilience of Joy

an interview with Jodie Evans

JodieEvansIn this week’s episode Jodie Evans speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, experiencing a supportive community rooted in prayer and ceremony;  an activism of yes, called to be a protector; a spreading web of spiritual connection; being part of the caring and peace economy; tapping into the power of Life; together we can re-member; active uprising of the feminine; finding answers in the space of vulnerability and connection; practicing how to be allies in the face of hate; change begins at home; calling back joy; a message from the Grandmother.

Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire”, and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak”. Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits o many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Pollicy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute. She is the mother of three.

 

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December 16th, 2016

Complexity is a Love Story

an interview with Nora Bateson

nora_batesonIn this week’s episode Nora Bateson speaks with Joanna about: The International Bateson Institute in Sweden, studying the complexity of life; the freedom of opening up to multiplicity; a lifetime of cultivating wisdom; articulating the ways of interdependence and interrelationship of life; science is not neutral; choosing complexity over reductionism; remembering the origins of a holistic science, the Macy Conferences; finding the intimacy within the complexity we live in; a love affair with Nature.

Nora Bateson is the writer, director and producer of the award-winning documentary “An Ecology of Mind”, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking. Ms. Bateson considers herself a professional interloper as she engages in conversations in different disciplines and with different audiences. One result of that is The International Bateson Institute, designed to bring together the sciences, arts, and vocational wisdoms to create a focused qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. Asking, “How we can improve our perception f the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” Nora Bateson has also developed curriculum for schools in Northern California and produced and and directed an award winning multimedia projects on intercultural understanding. Her newest book is “Small Arcs of Larger Circles: Framing Through other Patterns”.

 

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December 9th, 2016

Holding the Light Together

an interview with Thanissara

thanissaraIn this week’s episode Thanissara speaks with Joanna about: Standing Rock, a historic gathering under the guidance of indigenous wisdom; standing up for the sacredness of Nature; a huge wake up call for all of us; a new kind of activism and community-based citizen resistance; feeling the wound of separation from the Earth; finding our way through the authenticity of anger; the planet need us to protect it; reclaiming the sacred feminine and healing the wounded masculine within us all; waking up to the aliveness and intelligence of the Earth; intimacy with all beings; staying tuned to the inner heart.

 

Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun where she was founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She was also co-initiator of events for children  and families at Amaravati. Thanissara has facilitated meditation retreats since 1989 and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University and the Karuna Institute in the UK. She is author of several books – “Garden of the Midnight Rosary”, The Heart of the Bitter Almond Heart Sutra”, co-author of “Listening to the Heart”, and her latest is “Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for our Earth”. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society, MA, guiding teacher of Chatanooga Insight, TN and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, CA.

 

 

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November 25th, 2016

A Talk About the Rooted People

an interview with Steve Stonearrow

steve_stonearrowIn this week’s episode we can listen to the talk “A Native American View on the Rooted People”, delivered by Steve Stonearrow at the Biodynamic Association Conference in Santa Fe, Saturday, November 19, 2016. “Native Americans believe that all living things have Spirits. In this teaching, we will seek to understand their relationship to us. Each plant’s unique Spirit helps us to learn more about the world as a whole.”

Steve Stonearrow is a spiritual leader within the Lakota ceremonial tradition. He is an example of what it means to walk in a sacred way within our quickly-changing society, carrying forward the cultural teachings and spiritual wisdom od the “Lakhól wichóh’an”, or the Lakota way of life. With his deep knowledge of healing and herbal medicine, Steve travels the country leading ceremonies and speaking about the many aspects of indigenous history, lifestyle and spirituality.

 

 

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November 18th, 2016

The Transformative Power of Nature

an interview with Alex Seymour

alex_seymourIn this week’s episode Alex Seymour speaks with Joanna about: searching for soul healing, from Afghanistan to the Amazon; a life-changing, spiritual experience through DMT; psychedelics and loosing the fear of death; exploring the unknown territory of the psyche; initiation to Mother Ayahuasca; a mythic voyage; rites of passage and masculinity; the feminine force of the planet; being born to compassion and empathy; power versus force.

Alex Seymour enlisted in the Royal Marines Commandos as a teenager, serving for 6 years and completing 2 tours of duty on active service. Twenty years later he returned to the service as the oldest front line commando in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He is currently the Technology Account Director for a global technology company and lives with his wife and children in Buckinghamshire, England. He is the author of “Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon”.

 

 

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October 28th, 2016

A Consciousness Revolution

an interview with Jon Turk

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In this week’s episode Jon Turk speaks with Joanna about: the ecstatic joy of the wild; dancing the dance of healing in a prison; waking up with the deep wild; a friendship forged in the Artic; the power and magic within us; we need a consciousness revolution; a bike ride to the Dalai Lama’s birthplace.

 

For forty years,  Jon Turk has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about his adventures, the people, and the environments that he has encountered. Jon was trained as a scientist and worked for decades in environmental education. Now, he is focused on storytelling as a way of raising awareness of cultural and environmental tipping points – and thereby seeking some level of sanity and sustainability in this oil soaked, internet crazed world. He is the author of “In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific”, “The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness”, and his newest book “Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild”.

 

 

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October 14th, 2016

Joyful Radiance

an interview with Meg Beeler

meg_beelerIn this week’s episode Meg Beeler speaks with Joanna about: remembering our inborn fluidity through energy alchemy; seeing with the heart; what is a spiritual connection with Nature; equanimity and embracing the whole; the joy of reciprocity; the ecstatic practice of transfiguration; an energetic prayer for Water; Salka, a river of undomesticated energy; connecting with the heart of the universe; integrating energy alchemy in daily life.

 

Meg Beeler, MA, Shamanic Guide, expertly weaves her Energy Alchemy and Shamanic Meditation to guide seekers into joyful connection, soul healing, and luminous presence. She is the founder of Earth Caretakers, dedicated to bringing to life our collective dream of a more beautiful world. She is the author of “Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmos”.

 

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoranIn this week’s episode Jennifer Corcoran speaks with Joanna about: a film born of a visionary dream; a two-year journey of deep listening; remembering in Hopi land; following the story in the dreamtime; the mysterious Feminine, in relationship with all life; the alchemy of wonder; a cycle of women stories; journeying through the threshold into another world; the essential role of the land; the pace of the desert; offering our prayers for the protection of water and the Earth.

 

With a BA and MFA in Directing for Theatre, Jennifer Corcoran has worked on stage and documentaries, made super-8 shorts and as a literary editor. She home educated her three children. Having lived in several countries, in different languages, Jennifer has come to believe that the power of our human imagination is what is required to initiate change. Six years ago, she was prompted by a vision to create a cycle of films about women – but specifically, about the feminine – a voice which has long been silent. It is the feminine within each of us, male or female, which connects us to all that is living. A balance longs to be re-created. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first film of that cycle. Together with her brother, “She Sings to the Stars” producer, Jonnie Corcoranan entrepreneur who is an ardent cinephile and has launched successful startups – she is currently developing the second film of the cycle set in contemporary Ireland with a working title, “Now and Also Now”.

 

 

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September 7th, 2016

Die heilende Revolution der Liebe

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon for the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

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Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 198 Students Movement in germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is freed from hatred, lies, violence and fear. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.”

 

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September 4th, 2016

The Healing Revolution of Love

an interview with Dieter Duhm

Dieter_DuhmIn this week’s episode Dieter Duhm speaks with Joanna about: healing the collective trauma of humankind; a new culture based in trust; waking up the sacred matrix; Tamera, a non-violent life model for cooperation between human being, animal and nature; the divine world and a new, free spirituality emerging in community; dissolving the old war between the genders; Mary Magdalene, a numinous icon of the new culture; creating a new morphogenetic field for humankind; World Soul, where two souls love each other; the correlation between the healing of water and the healing of love; the fundamental substance of life.

 

Dieter Duhm is a Psychoanalyst, Art Historian, prolific author and one of the leading figures in the 1968 Students Movement in Germany, Visionary and Head of the Department for Art and Healing in Tamera. The Healing Biotope I Tamera is a peace research project with the goal to create a model for a future society that is free from hatred, lies, violence and fear. He is the author of “The Sacred Matrix, From the Matrix of Violence to the Matrix of Life”, “Future without War. Theory of Global Healing”, “Eros Unredemeed. The World Power of Sexuality”, “Towards a New Culture. From Refusal to Re-Creation. Outline of an Ecological and Humane Alternative”. His newest book is “Terra Nova. Global Revolution and the Healing of Love”.

 

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August 26th, 2016

The Way of the Real Human Being

an interview with Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion_MerculieffIn this week’s episode Ilarion Merculieff speaks with Joanna about: a vibrant, spiritually based culture; one with the ocean; the rich cultural legacy of the Unangan people; the secret to surviving in the Bering Sea for ten thousand years; Aachaa, the mystery of meeting your mentor; an ingenious, exquisite way to raise children; the field of awareness of flocks of birds; using the whole of our intelligence; a children-affirming culture; a history of oppression and contemporary slavery; coming to the place of original instructions; the Unangan view of life and death; the wisdom of how to move energy; an urgent call to transformation and action.

Ilarion Merculieff was born and raised on St. Paul island in the middle of the Bering Sea. He is an Unangan, Aleut, raised in a traditional way. Throughout his life Ilarion has focused on traditional knowledge, wisdom, and spirituality gained from culture bearers around the world, acting as a bridge from the past to those alive today. He has served as chair of the indigenous knowledge sessions of the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change, as cofounder of the Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals; the Alaska Forum for the Environment, the International Bering Sea Forum, and the Alaska Oceans Network. He is currently the president of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways. Ilarion Merculieff is available for readings and lectures.

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August 19th, 2016

The Strength of Mayan Culture

an interview with Lina Barrios

Lina_BarriosIn this week’s episode Lina Barrios speaks with Joanna about: introducing the Mayan territory and languages; Mayan culture’s resilience under the Spanish colonization; rituals for collective and individual wellbeing in Mayan life; Popol Wuj, healing and harmony with the Mayan sacred text; primordial energies and the word for creation in benefit of all; research into the extreme gender inequality in Guatemala; Mayan women facing discrimination at the university; gender equality in the Mayan cosmogony;  Venus in Mayan oral tradition; the meaning of 2012 and the Mayan calendars; remembering our poignant relationship with Mother Earth.

 

Lina Barrios is an anthropologist and Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) who, according to this ancient tradition has reached the age of wisdom, becoming an elder. For nearly 25 years she has worked tirelessly for the preservation of traditional Mayan languages, women’s rights, dress, culture and spirituality. She is a published author, awarded with the “Premio Iberoamericano de Investigación Municipal Villa de Madrid” (Iberoamerican Award for Research, City of Madrid) and “Premio Iberoamericano de Igualdad Cortes de Cádiz” (Iberoamerican Award for Equality, Congress of Cádiz). Lina also works as a university professor.

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August 5th, 2016

On the Trail of Ayahuasca

an interview with Dennis McKenna

Dennis_McKennaIn this week’s episode Dennis McKenna speaks at the Synergetic Symposium & Salon “Earth Consciousness and Lore of the Amazon”. These “Conversations on Ayahuasca, Ethnomedicine and the Biospheric Imperative” were held at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Wednesday 6 April, 2016. Dennis McKenna describes in a candid and humorous talk the journey to La Chorrera with his brother Terence, and a lifetime of research and exploration of ayahuasca, the sacred brew of the Amazon.

 

Dennis McKenna is an ethnopharmacologist who has studied plant hallucinogens for over forty years. He is the author of many scientific papers, and co-author, with his brother Terence McKenna, of “The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching”, and “Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide”. He holds a doctorate from the University of British Columbia, where his research focused on ayahuasca and oo-koo-é, two hallucinogens used by indigenous peoples in the Northwest Amazon. Dennis has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota since 2001, where he teaches courses in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine. He is the author of “The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss”.

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July 29th, 2016

Living to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamIn this week’s episode Gay Dillingham speaks with Joanna about: inter-generational conversations about what really matters; practising ego-death to live more fully; reactions to “Dying to Know”; beyond the screen, connecting the audience to itself; the human craving to explore; personal to political, manifesting our inner mind; waking up to the interconnected truth; seeing ourselves in the big biological cycle.

 

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS national followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Gay then co-founded and managed two environmental technology companies: Earthstone International and Growstone.

Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making films & telling meaningful stories.

 

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July 15th, 2016

The Toad of Dawn

an interview with Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

Octavio_RettigIn this week’s episode, Octavio Rettig speaks with Joanna about: what is 5-Meo-DMT; a power bigger than yourself; a deep transformation with the toad medicine; healing in Nature with ancestral songs; just a breath away of creating a new reality; toad medicine, a master key for opening the locks of the soul; the difficulty of languaging this essential experience of feeling infinite love; reaching a vibrational state of peace; changing the culture through feeling that we are One; a medicine of radical freedom emerging from the Sonoran desert; the creation of a sanctuary for the Sonoran Desert toad.

 

Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa is a Mexican doctor who works with the sacred medicine 5-MeO-DMT found in the secretions of the Sonoran Desert toad (Bufo Alvarius). He has learned the ancient songs and rites of the Seri tribe of Sonora from Don Pancho, an elder Seri medicine man, and has been authorized by the council of Seri elders to use this most powerful of medicines in the West. Dr. Rettig travels extensively throughout Mexico, the US, Australia, and Europe to give lectures and lead healing ceremonies. He is the author of “The Toad of Dawn. 5-MeO-DMT and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness.”

 

 

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July 8th, 2016

Other Words from Other Worlds

an interview with Neşe Devenot

Nese_DevenotIn this week’s episode Neşe Devenot speaks with Joanna about chemical poetics; the Timothy Leary archives; Leary’s “High Priest” and Sasha Shulgin’s “PIHKAL”, reflecting on the meaning of te psychedelic experience; psychedelics and pushing the boundaries of language; the the new science of Ecstatics; nitrous oxide and Romantic poetry; Richard Doyle’s Ecodelics, the revelation of interconnectedness; natural, endogenous psychedelics; “The Joyous Cosmology” of Alan Watts, an early description of fractals; “anything that stops the flow of writing is wrong”; expanding mind, expanding culture.

 

Neşe Devenot is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where her book project is exploring psychedelic philosophy and the literary history of trip reports. She is a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study. She is a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference and a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association.

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July 1st, 2016

The Carbon Farming Solution

an interview with Eric Toensmeier

Eric-ToensmeierIn this week’s episode Eric Toensmeier speaks with Joanna about: the climate change and its ecological and human impact; the ancestral inspiration of permaculture; restoring the landscape and its connection to people; key questions in cultivating your garden; the challenge of permaculture, today; carbon farming, a toolbox of practices and perennial crops that can mitigate climate change; Las Cañadas in Veracruz, Mexico, a model of ecological cooperative; saving and savoring the world.

Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of “Paradise Lot” and “Perennial Vegetables”, and the co-author of “Edible Forest Gardens”. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Biosequestration Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. Eric presents in English, Spanish, and botanical Latin throughout the Americas and beyond. He has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades. Eric has owned a seed company, managed an urban farm that leased parcels to Hispanic and refugee growers, and provided planning and business trainings to farmers. He is the author of “The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.”

 

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June 24th, 2016

Embodying the True Masculine

an interview with Patrick Anderson and Thomas Jaggers

Patrick_Anderson_and Thomas_JaggersIn this week’s episode Thomas Jaggers and Patrick Anderson speak with Joanna about survival, safety, and intimacy; the strength of vulnerability; the roots of homophobia; the historic repression of male expressions of love and affection; the potential for masculine and feminine qualities within us all; attuning to the body, preventing violence; the capacity to hold our woundedness; the cultural imperative for developing male violence; cultivating  a reverent relationship with our bodies; aware of our bodies, aware of Earth’s body; fear and greed, the false masculine.

 

Patrick Anderson has devoted much of his adult life to understanding the processes by which we, as human beings, can share the most intimate parts of ourselves with others, while retaining our own sense of integrity through a deep connection to our inner experience, as well as to the natural and spiritual worlds. With a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution, and over 20 years’ practice of meditation, energy work and physical modalities, Patrick continues to learn about the mysteries of the heart by sharing his understandings and practices with others in workshops, individual sessions, and transformative retreats.

Thomas Jaggers is a teacher, facilitator, and community leader and activist. Thomas is a teacher of MogaDao Qigong, Daoist meditation and Sacred Daoist Sexuality. He serves as Board Member and Community Relations Director for the MogaDao Institute in Santa Fe, and is on the faculty and leadership team of the Academy for the Love of Learning. As a facilitator, Thomas brings a passionate approach to social change and transformation. He seeks to create forums in which people can speak openly and be heard by each other in a space of compassion and vulnerability.

 

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June 17th, 2016

Initiated by the Mushroom

an interview with Shonagh Home

Shonagh HomeIn this week’s episode Shonagh Home speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing experience with the mushroom medicine; being held by the Earth; breaking the spell of forgetfulness; welcoming the tutelary spirits; entheogenic medicines and inner growth; a culture without initiations; shadow work as a preparation for entheogens; engaging the deep psyche and the unseen; embracing the original wound; we are at a choice point; a key answer at Palenque; the corporate takeover and the response of the people; the biodynamic revolution.

 

Shonagh Home is a writer, poet, shamanic therapist and teacher of the shamanic arts. Her specialized private sessions are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Her classes on the shamanic arts take seekers far beyond the watered-down, westernized model and focus instead on the vast and ancient realms hidden in both the world of nature and our own human nature. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, and a  voice for stewardship of the honeybees. She is the author of the books, “Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine”, “Love and Spirit Medicine”, and the upcoming book, “Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks”.

 

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June 10th, 2016

Letting Nature Live Through Us

an interview with Joanna van der Hoeven

Joanna_van_der_HoevenIn this week’s episode Joanna van der Hoeven speaks with Joanna about: discovering modern Druidry; an unexpected ancestral connection; origins of the Celtic culture; attuning to Nature and the ancestors; Awen, the flowing thread to the Life Force; Nemetona and sacred space; Zen Druidry; the importance of summer and winter solstices; a new eco-spirituality emerging; sensual immersion in Nature; letting Nature to experience you.

 

Joanna van der Hoeven is a Druid and best-selling author. She was born in Quebec, Canada and moved to the UK in 1998, where she lives with her husband in a small village in Suffolk, near the coast of the North Sea. Joanna is a singer, poet, dancer and teacher. She has studied with Emma Restall Orr and the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. She has a BA Hons English Language and Literature degree. She is currently the Media Co-Ordinator for the Druid Network and is also the co-founder and a tutor at Druid College UK. She is the author of “Zen Druidry:Living a Natural Life, with Full Awareness”, “Dancing with Nemetona: A Druid Exploration of sanctuary and sacred space”, “The Awen Alone: Waking the Path of the Solitary Druid” and “The Stillness Within: Finding Inner Peace in a Conflicted World”.

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May 27th, 2016

Finding Gold in the Shadow

an interview with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn_ BakerIn this week’s episode Carolyn Baker speaks with Joanna about: healing the personal and collective shadow; the ego and the sacred self; transforming the tyrant,victim,rebel,savior dynamics; rites of passage and the right use of power; surrender and spiritual empowerment; becoming aware of the shadow of the U.S.; institutionalized racism and the western story of separation; the antidote to entitlement; the connective observer self.

Carolyn Baker is the author of “Love in the Age of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times”. A former psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Her radio show, the Lifeboat Hour, airs on Progressive Radio Network every week. Her newest book is “Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis”.

 

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April 30th, 2016

The Teaching of Experience

an interview with Stephen Gray

Stephen-GrayIn this week’s episode Stephen Gray speaks with Joanna about: an all-embracing  journey from Tibetan Buddhism to the Native American Church; out of isolation, into reality; psychedelic medicines are non specific amplifiers; as present as possible, moment by moment; the importance of community and practice; trusting the now; the never-ending path; the special role of the Iboga medicine; the open-hearted, “don’t know mind”; rediscovering the use of cannabis in spiritual practice; MDMA, a gateway to the heart; Western elders can now teach from experience.

Stephen Gray is a teacher and writer on spiritual subjects and sacramental medicines. He has worked extensively with Tibetan Buddhism, the Native American Church, and with entheogenic medicine. The author of “Returning to Sacred World: A Spiritual Toolkit for the Emerging Reality”, he is also a workshop organizer, leader, and speaker as well as part-time photographer and music composer under the artist name Keary. He is also the editor and contributor to the forthcoming “Cannabis and Spirituality: An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Spirit Ally”. He is the co-organizer of the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference in Vancouver, where he lives.

 

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April 22nd, 2016

The Ancient Language of Connection

an interview with Robbie Holz

Robbie HolzIn this week’s episode Robbie Holz speaks with Joanna about: from breakdown to breakthrough; opening up to the love of Mother Earth; a life-changing encounter in the Outback; allowing the energy of love; a vital message to women; the ancient language of connection; the energy of sacred places; communicating with everything; plugging into the greater consciousness; feeling the voice of the soul; embracing the unwanted parts of oneself; changing with the planet, one choice at a time; the feeling of interconnectedness.

 

Robbie Holz is an internationally-respected healer and speaker. She is an author of the award-winning book “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” and her memoir “Aboriginal Secrets of  Awakening”. Using Australian Aboriginal principles, she healed herself of hepatitis C, fibromyalgia, and treatment-induced brain damage. Robbie has also participated in ceremonies with Aboriginal tribeswomen in the Australian Outback. She is passionately committed to help people worldwide activate their powerful inner healer.

 

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April 8th, 2016

Magic is Everything

an interview with John Michael Greer

John Michael GreerIn this week’s episode, John Michael Greer speaks with Joanna about: discovering the convergence of spirituality and ecology; the circularity of reality; the world we live in is  a spiritual phenomenon; deconstructing the “you create your own reality” meme; the role of mystery schools; the beauty of limits; the dance of flow in balance; we are doing magic all the time; remembering the wider reality; doing one thing for the biosphere.

 

John Michael Greer is Past Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, current head of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, including peak oil and the future of industrial society. He is also the author of the popular blog The Archdruid Report. He lives in Cumberland, MD, an old red brick mill town in the north central Appalachians, with his wife Sara.

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March 25th, 2016

Telling the Tales of Aliveness

an interview with Randi Ya'el Chaikind

Randi Ya'El ChaikindIn this week’s episode Randi Ya’el Chaikind speaks with Joanna about: we are natural born storytellers; the vital role of the witness; memory’s truth; revelations of the heart; out in the woods connected to the muse; a revelatory vision quest; called to be a Jewish shaman storyteller; Earth-based Hebrew wisdom; listening to the multiple voices of Nature; beyond healing lies creativity.

 

Randi Ya’el Chaikind, MPH has been an experiential educator, author, and therapeutic coach for more than 20 years, helping people heal and transform their lives through narrative and expressive arts. She specializes in nonviolent communication, empathic listening, and transformational storytelling. Randi Ya’El has a master of Public Health and currently is studying to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a focus on narrative therapy. She is the author of “Revelations of the Heart. A 49-Day Journey of Poems and Prompts to Write Your Way to Revelation.”  (You can order her book via paypal here)

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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